Just Arsenal Archives for January 2011

Arsenal Sicknote Abou Diaby Suffers Yet Another Setback

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The Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby was hailed as the "new Patrick Vieira" when he arrived at Arsenal five years ago, but he immediately broke an ankle which it would appear has never fully healed. He has never made more than 20 appearances for the Gunners in a season, and has made more comebacks than Frank [.

Wenger – Van Persie won’t be rested against QPR

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Robin Van Persie is to given one more chance to break Alan Shearers record of goals scored in a single calendar year today when Arsenal face QPR at the Emirates. Under normal circumstances I am sure that Arsene Wenger wouldn't risk playing his (previously) injury-prone captain so soon after the Wolves game, but the Frenchman [.

Theo Walcott – We can’t let Tottenham threat put us off

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The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott thinks that the Gunners should forget about worrying that Tottenham will finish above them for the first time since the Premiership began, and just concentrate on winning each game as it comes. Jack Wilshere has already challenged Spurs fans to put up 3000 Pounds to pay to charity if Arsenal [.

Theo Walcott – We can’t let Tottenham threat put us off

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The Arsenal winger Theo Walcott thinks that the Gunners should forget about worrying that Tottenham will finish above them for the first time since the Premiership began, and just concentrate on winning each game as it comes. Jack Wilshere has already challenged Spurs fans to put up 3000 Pounds to pay to charity if Arsenal [.

Full Arsenal injury update ahead of QPR game – Walcott back

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Arsenal need to put the draw with Wolves behind them and take all three points from the home match against QPR tomorrow, and the good news is that Theo Walcott has recovered from his illness and will be back in the team. Arsene Wenger said yesterday: "Theo is OK [after his illness] and we have [...]

Winterburn – Wenger is taking a chance on signing Henry

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The Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn thinks that Arsene Wenger has taken a gamble by signing Thierry Henry, but thinks it will be excellent if he can impress the fans and reproduce his past goalscoring heroics, but he is als leaving himself open to criticism if it all goes wrong! Winterburn said: "I hope everything works [.

Aston Villa and Wolves keen on Emmanuel Frimpong

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Emmanuel Frimpong has broken into the Arsenal first team squad this season, but his chances have been limited thanks to the excellent form of Alex Song and the others in a congested Arsenal midfield. The youngster definitely needs some games under his belt, and the Mirror reports today that the Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish [.

Arsenal rumours Dec 29th – Cuenca, Andrade, Rosicky, Rasmus Elm and more!

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There are loads of snippets of Arsenal transfer news about this morning, but most of them seem to be total speculation without any quotes whatsoever, but it is my duty to pass them on to interested Arsenal fans. The first one has Arsenal and just about every other top Premier League club interested in signing [.

Keown – Tottenham will finish above Arsenal this season with Gareth Bale in the team

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The Arsenal legend Martin Keown saw a Gareth Bale double give Tottenham yet another win on Tuesday, while Arsenal could only manage a draw against lowly Wolves, and he is sorry to admit that he believes that Harry Redknapp's team is far superior to the Gunners this season. "While Spurs kept two players, Arsenal lost [.

Mertesacker – Wolves keeper was brilliant but Arsenal are still going into the Top Four

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The German defender Per Mertesacker was just one of the Arsenal players that were denied a goal by Wayne Hennessey in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Wolves, but despite the small setback he is still certain that the Gunners will be moving back into the Champions League places very shortly. "We had a big chance to [.

Arsenal close to re-signing Thierry Henry on two-month contract

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Thierry Henry is now back in London and was in the stands watching Arsenal's draw against Wolves on Tuesday, and it seems that he is seriously considering rejoining Arsenal for the next two months to cover for Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho. The Telegraph this morning reports that fruitful talks have been held between Henry and [.

Arsenal chasing prolific young Swedish striker

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There have been numerous reports lately linking Arsenal with the prolific young Swede John Guidetti, who is currently on loan at Feyenoord in Holland from Manchester City. The 19 year-old has burst upon the scene in the Eredvisie lately with 11 goals (in just 12 games), including a match-winning hat-trick against title contenders FC Twente [.

Wenger – Arsenal must learn to keep hold of a lead

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A frustrated Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal team fail to capitalise on their rivals dropping points, despite being 1-0 up against Wolves just 8 minutes into the match. Yet again, Arsenal have allowed a lesser team back into the game after taking a lead, and Wenger lamented that they couldn't put the game to bed [.

Chelsea to rescue Arshavin from his Arsenal nightmare?

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The little Russian maestro Andrei Arshavin has not looked very happy playing for Arsenal every time he has appeared on the pitch this season, even though Arsene Wenger has given him numerous chances to make an impact off the bench, and according to the Metro he has dropped behind Yossi Benayoun and Thomas Rosicky in [.

Arsenal target reveals his “dream move”

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"I'd prefer to play in Spain than in the Premier League," Gotze told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. "Spanish football is better suited to my qualities." "Every footballer's dream is to play in Spain. There are many great teams there like Real Madrid or Barcelona." However, the Germany international also insisted that he is not eager to [.

Ju-Young Park’s chance at Arsenal finally coming

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"It has been difficult because I have not given him the chance to play and the intensity of the challenges some players take short, others take long. But it takes you time," said manager Arsene Wenger ahead of the meeting with Wolves. "The adaptation period for him is over now so he has to [...]

Time for Arsenal to take advantage!

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With Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City dropping points on Saturday, Arsenal now sit in fifth place just two points behind Chelsea. The game against Wolves therefore presents a golden, gilt-edged opportunity for Arsenal to not only take three points but also to leapfrog Chelsea into fourth-place.

Van Persie – Wolves are dangerous but Arsenal are going on a good run now

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The Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie thinks that Mick McCarthy's Wolves are set to give the Gunners a hard game today, but I bet he's hoping to get another two goals against them like he did last time they played. But the Dutchman thinks that Arsenal are going to keep on winning to put the [...]

Arsenal v Wolves Preview, Line-up and Prediction

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Thanks to the London Underground strikes, Arsenal play Wolves a day after most other teams including Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd and Man City. Two of those teams above The Gunners only drew yesterday so this is another must-win match for Arsenal that should prove considerably easier compared to the slugfest against Man City and the [.

Wenger – Park is ready to cover for Van Persie

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Arsenal are set to lose Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh to the African Nations Cup next month, and Arsene Wenger admitted that he would be short of options in the striking department, so naturally there have been numerous Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Gunners with a new striker. But today Wenger has said that he has [.

At last Arsenal have some quality game-changers on the bench….

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"The result showed the importance of the squad but also the quality of the spirit," Wenger had said after the match against Aston Villa, "That makes a difference if you have players who come on that have a real desire to help the team. "You always have a chance because teams have to fight so [...]

At last Arsenal have some quality game-changers on the bench….

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"The result showed the importance of the squad but also the quality of the spirit," Wenger had said after the match against Aston Villa, "That makes a difference if you have players who come on that have a real desire to help the team. "You always have a chance because teams have to fight so [...]

Write an article and win your very own Arsenal Blog!

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I am feeling very generous this Christmas and I am looking to give away an Arsenal Blog to a dedicated Arsenal Fan (or group of fans) that has always wanted his own blog, but doesn't know how to set one up! I will supply the website, the hosting and help with promoting it to become a successful [..

Is Wenger serious about dropping Van Persie?

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Arsene Wenger has tried to rest Robin Van Persie before this season with unspectacular results, but the Arsenal boss is obviously worried aboput the danger of him playing three games in the next six days, despite the Dutchman being ominously close to breaking the record for the amount of goals scored in a calendar year.

Coquelin set for new Arsenal contract this week

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Francis Coquelin will sign a contract extension at Arsenal (with a pay rise) in the coming days according to The Sun, who it must be said is not the most reliable source of news lately, but there is little reason for them to be making this one up. In his nine appearances for Arsenal this [...]

Statistical proof that Arsenal need to win their next three games….

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"In the Premier League the Christmas period is vital to get your points. "We have responded well to our defeat at Man City with a win at Aston Villa, so now it's down to us to do the job at home and get the points against Wolves on Tuesday. "Every game has its own difficulty [...]

Happy Gooner Christmas! (Arsenal 2011 in Pictures)

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So this post is not about rumours from the transfer mill, or injury news about our heroes, or even about some controversial statements made by people with authority.. No No No! It's all about sharing the love and spreading the cheer ! From myself AB, and from all of us here at the blog. This [...]

Arsene Wenger certain to sign players in January

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Kieran Gibbs has not featured for Arsenal since October following a hernia operation. "Kieran Gibbs has had surgery on his left groin and he will be out for a month," Arsene Wenger confirmed the grim news. In recent matches, Arsene Wenger has been forced to play a makeshift back four (all central defenders) due to [.

Agent confirms Arsenal interest in Lucas Biglia

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Arsenal have been linked with the Argentinian midfielder Lucas Biglia since the summer after his brilliant performances for Anderlecht in the last few years. Biglia recently announced that he is now ready to move on to bigger and better things so he can become a starter for his country, and Arsenal scouts have been regular [.

Have Arsenal found the perfect replacement for Abou Diaby – at just £10 million?

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According to TalkSport, the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is seriously considering a move for the Sao Paulo midfielder Carlos Henrique Casemiro and is willing to pay upto £10 million for the young Brazilian hotshot. The 19-year-old is a typical box-to-box midfielder. His playing style is both versatile and aggressive as he is a tough-tackling midfielder [.

Arsenal keen to swap Chamakh for unhappy England international

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All the latest Arsenal transfer news on the grapevie this morning is concerning the possible loan move for Thierry Henry after Arsene Wenger admitted that a short-term (6 week) signing would be "ideal", but there is still much discussion before the New York Red Bulls would consider giving permission for that to happen.

Arsene Wenger retains faith in Kieran Gibbs full recovery (and his England chances)

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When Arsenal sold Gael Clichy to Manchester City in the summer, many Arsenal fans were very worried that the injury-prone left-back Kieran Gibbs was a dangerous substitute due to his unending visits to the treatment table. These fears proved to be well-founded as the 22 year-old made just 8 starts for the Gunners this season [.

Fixture congestion may stop van Persie from breaking record

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The next three Arsenal games against Wolves, QPR and Fulham are played in the span of a mere six days. Rotation is the name of the game in the Premier League and as such you will see just about every team in the league forced to field bench players or even a second-string side to [...]

Yossi Benayoun to sign permanent deal with Arsenal?

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Aside from the usual suspects, Mario Gotze and Eden Hazard, or the likes of Lukas Podolski and Moussa Sow rumoured to join the Gunners, there is one player who is almost certain to sign a permanent deal with the club next summer. Yossi Benayoun, whose goal gave Arsenal the win against Aston Villa, is the [.

Have Arsenal found a cheaper alternative to Gotze?

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It is being reported that the chief Arsenal scout Steve Rowley has advised Arsene Wenger to have another look at Shakhtar Donetsk's creative midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan ahead of a potential move in January. After the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona in the summer, Arsenal have seriously lacked the creativity in midfield that he provided [.

Should Arsenal use 4-4-2 as an option against defensive teams?

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Arsenal's wins against Everton and Aston Villa were hard-fought and while the points were all taken, there surely has to be some questions raised over the 4-3-3 formation's productivity in those matches. Let us not be mistaken in both matches Arsenal pulled out hard-fought wins, but chances were fashioned far and few between and [.

Arsenal linked with £5m proven Premiership hitman

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It is being reported today that the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to make a £5 million bid for the out of favour Wigan Athletic striker Hugo Rodallega. If sources are to be believed, the Colombian has fallen out with manager Roberto Martinez and is looking to secure a move away from the DW [.

Arsenal FINALLY using a “Plan B” to good effect!

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"Nobody can play beautiful football all the time," Robin van Persie commented ahead of the match against Aston Villa, "I tell our lads ‘If it's not happening for you, just try to kill off the game so we can move on.'" Rarely does Arsenal score from a set-piece. Even rarer yet does Arsenal win matches [.

Wenger – I was nervous before game, but the subs made the difference for Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger was more relieved than over-the-moon after Arsenal's late winner against Aston Villa yesterday. Wenger admitted that he knew it would be a diificult game at Villa Park as it always has been historically. He said: "You go to City and then to Villa and I have to give fantastic credit to my players, [.

Arsenal v Wolves only postponed for 24 hours – Thank (insert name of preferred God here)!

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At last Arsenal have finally made a decision about the Wolves games at the Emirates on Boxing Day Monday. The game has been out off until the Tuesday afternoon instead and all tickets bought for the match will just automatically be valid for the next day. The Gunners have released a (quite long!) statement letting [.

Wenger – Arsenal were jaded and perhaps lucky, but it’s three points!

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Arsene Wenger was well aware that his Arsenal team were given a very difficult game by Aston Villa last night, and it was only a goal from substitute Yossi Benayoun that sealed the points three minutes from time, but Wenger was pleased that the squad kept fighting right up to the end. "Villa were dangerous [.

Should Koscielny be kept as right back for Arsenal?

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"My mates tease me calling me the White Cafu!" Perhaps Laurent Koscielny has not shown the incredible consistency that Cafu had, but he has had performances that even the Brazilian legend would have been proud of. More impressively, his switch to right-back has only provided further defensive stability for the Gunners.

Zenit confirm interest in Arshavin’s return

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According to the Russian daily Sovietsky Sports, Zenit St. Petersburg are keen on re-acquiring the Arsenal playmaker Andrei Arshavin for the original sum of €16.5 million that the North London side paid for him back in 2009. The report suggests that Zenit are hoping to bring back the little Russian with a view of appointing [.

Arsenal’s Oxlade-Chamberlain hoping for chances over festive fixture pile-up

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The young Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is hoping that Arsene Wenger will be resting some players over the usual pile-up of games over the festive period, and would love a Christmas present from Wenger of a starting place with the Gunners. "I can't say when I will play, I don't know, that's for the boss [.

King Henry set to help out Arsenal in January?

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It is being reported that the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering a loan move for New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry, who is currently training at the club, in the upcoming January transfer window. According to The Times, the Frenchman will try and sign the Arsenal legend on a one month loan deal [.

Van Persie – I didn’t think I could become a real centre-forward

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The Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie has become used to the idea of being an out-and-out goalscorer since Arsene Wenger moved him into the central role, but he admitted that he originally had his doubts about whether he could change his game enough to fit into that position. "I have felt more like a centre-forward [.

Wenger admits he has no answer to Arsenal’s defensive problems……..yet!

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Arsene Wenger has admitted that he can't find a solution to Arsenal's defensive injuries within the squad as the busy Christmas period arrives, and thinks that playing his centre-backs out of position will only make the problems worse and will reduce their attacking options as well. "It's difficult," Wenger said, "because first of all we [.

Aston Villa v Arsenal Betting Tips – Great 2/1 value bet on an Arsenal win

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The Premiership is entering one of the most crowded times of the year when teams are playing every few days, things are getting interesting and statistics can change in the blink of an eye. In the festive period many people like to have a bet on their favourite team so here is a little guide [...]

Arsenal rumours – Arshavin and Chamakh out, Cavani or Podolski in?

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It is being reported this morning that Arsene Wenger has put both Marouane Chamakh and Andrei Arshavin on the Arsenal transfer list in the hope of off-loading at least one (if not both) of his out-of-form players in January. Arshavin is worried about losing his place in the Russia side at the Euros next summer [.

Szczesny, Man City, United, Chelsea and Arsenal can all still win the Premiership

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The Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny believes that the narrow defeat by Man City on Sunday showed that the gap between the top four teams is very little indeed, and there are still four teams capable of winning the title. Although City have a lead at the moment, Szczesny is certain that there will be many [.

Arsenal back in for Gary Cahill after constant defensive injuries?

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According to todays Metro Arsenal have rejoined the race to sign Gary Cahill after suffering yet another defensive injury against Manchester City yesterday. Johann Djourou will be out for at least three weeks, and he joins the other full-backs Bacary Sagna and Andre Santos on the treatment table, with Santos expected to be unavailable for [.

Arsenal chasing prolific Anderlecht striker?

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering a move for the highly-rated Anderlecht hitman Matias Suarez in the upcoming January transfer window, according to InsideFootball today. With strikers Marouane Chamakh Yao Gervinho set to leave for the African Cup of Nations come January, the Frenchman has conceded that the Gunners will be a little short [.

Szczesny – Arsenal MUST finish above Tottenham this season!

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The Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says that the only ambition he has for this season is to make sure that the Gunners finish above their great rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Since Arsenal's terrible start to the season Tottenham have taken a lead and are currently five points ahead after yesterday's results, and also have a game [.

Kieran Gibbs returning for Arsenal – Just in time to replace Djourou!

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Arsenal suffered yet another defensive injury yesterday in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester City, when Johann Djourou was taken off just after half time with a groin injury. Arsene Wenger said after the game that the Swiss internatinal is expected to be out for at least three weeks. But he gave Arsenal fans some good [.

Arsenal chasing highly-rated African striker – For free!

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This is more like a real Arsenal transfer rumour when it is reported that the Gunners are watching a talented striker who will be a free agent this summer. His name is Ederzito and he currently plays for Academica in Portugal, and although the Portugese giants Porto are also keen on signing him, Arsenal have [.

Nitesh: An Arsenal win today will prove the Wenger doubters TOTALLY WRONG!

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Arsenal travel to the Etihad stadium on Sunday hoping to carry on Chel$ea's for-once good work. Man City's defeat on Monday laid to rest to all comparisons with the Invincibles, and we should be able to continue on our recent good form. 22 points from the last 24, that's not a stat to be dismissed [.

Man City v Arsenal – Preview, Team News and Prediction

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After a rare week's rest, Arsenal travel to the Etihad stadium to take on current table-toppers Manchester City in a game which is crucial for both sides. While Arsenal will look to continue their march up the Premier League table, the Citizens will try to get back to winning ways after Monday's 2-1 defeat at [.

Mikel Arteta – Arsenal can repeat Chelsea performance against Man City

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Mikel Arteta has been an essential piece in the Arsenal midfield set up ever since his deadline day transfer from Everton. He has impressed many Arsenal fans with his footballing brain, accurate passing, ability to keep the ball and technical ability. Now, the Arsenal midfield maestro is looking to beat Manchester City in the big [.

Man Utd to beat Arsenal to Mario Gotze?

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According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is keen on bringing Borrusia Dortmund midfielder and reported Arsenal target Mario Gotze to Old Trafford. The newspaper is reporting that the sinister Scot had sent scouts to watch Gotze on four different occasions and that there were United scouts present during Germany's recent [.

Should Wenger sign the Arsenal legend Thierry Henry just for January?

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The Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has reaffirmed his love for the club when the Gunners honoured the Frenchman with a statue at the Emirates, and is currently keeping fit in the MLS close season by training with Arsenal. Arsene Wenger has already stated that he will be short of strikers when both Gervinho and Marouane [.

Vermaelen – Arsenal have regained their self-belief, and Van Persie is amazing!

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The Gunners defender Thomas Vermaelen is feeling pretty good after his return from long term injury, and he thinks that the Arsenal team has now fully regained their confidence and self belief. He said: "If you are winning games then you are in the mood, you are positive and your confidence just goes up.

Samir Nasri gets told off by Mancini – Must play better!

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The Man City manager Roberto Mancini spent a long summer trying to prise Samir Nasri away from Arsenal, but the young Frenchman is finding himself left on the bench too often for his own liking. Mancini explained that Nasri needs to step up his game if he wants to become a regular first team member, [.

Arsenal didn’t want to draw AC Milan, but we can beat them again!

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It was just in the 2007/2008 season when Theo Walcott ran the whole length of the field in a quick counter attack from Arsenal before squaring the ball to Emmanuel Adebayor to put the ball in the net for 2-0 Arsenal. Entering the match at San Siro 0-0 on aggregate, a lot of pressure was [...]

Why not Podolski, Wenger? Or is he just bluffing?

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The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed speculation that he will move for FC Cologne striker Lukas Podolski in January. When asked on whether he was interested in bringing the German international to the Emirates, the Frenchman replied with a simple 'no'. Podolski has been linked with a move to North London for quite a [.

Wenger – Arsenal are ready for Man City “physically and mentally”

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Arsene Wenger is well aware that it isn't going to be easy to beat the League leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this weekend, but he thinks that Arsenal are about as ready as they ever will be to rise to the occasion. Roberto Mancini's team have seen their form slip lately which has [...]

Wenger tells of sadness over the injury to Arsenal’s Andre Santos

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Arsene Wenger made a grave error by playing Andre Santos in the irrelevant Champions League game against Olympiakos, and he now regrets it for both the player and the Arsenal squad, who could do with him still fit and well. "I took a gamble because I did not want to be accused of just throwing [...]

Wenger very positive about Jack Wilshere’s recovery

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Speaking in his pre-match pre-match press conference, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has provided a very positive injury update on Jack Wilshere. "He (Wilshere) had a very important scan on Thursday and that was very very good, exceptionally good. The news we have for Jack is very positive," he said.

Traore – I thought “Nightmare, I’m going to stay at Arsenal!”

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The QPR defender Armand Traore was convinced that his transfer across London from Arsenal to Loftus Road was going to fall through after he played in Arsenal's 8-2 thrashing from Man Utd. Traore only ever played 13 games in six years at Arsenal and he thought that his performance (and the team's) against United would [.

Should Bergkamp have got an Arsenal statue ahead of Henry?

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The celebration of Arsenal's 125th anniversary recently has led to the erection of three Arsenal legends namely Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Herbert Chapman. Many questioned Henry's credentials to have a statue outside the Emirates. This is because Henry left the club in 2007 due to declining form and the desire to wanting to win [.

Arsenal scouts reveal Wenger’s top transfer targets

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It is being reported this morning that Arsene Wenger has got his scouts out in force ahead of the January transfer window, and they have been revealing their targets to the Daily Mail. Of course Wenger's main aim is to find a striker to cover for Gervinho and Chamakh, and the scouts will be in [...]

Van Persie not worried about facing Mertesacker at the Euros

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The new Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker will be playing for Germany at the Euros, and they have been drawn in the same Group as Robin Van Persie's Holland so are set to go head to head at the tournament on June 13th. Both Holland and Germany are just behind Spain in the football betting online [.

Arsene Wenger wouldn’t be happy with Bendtner’s Pizza and Beer episode

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The Sunderland striker Nicklas Bendtner is still an Arsenal player despite vowing that he would never play for the Gunners again, and Arsene Wenger will be hoping that the Danish international has a good season with the Black Cats so he could be sold for a good price next summer. But Wenger will not be [.

Arsenal scouts watching Argentinian striker – called Suarez!

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It is being reported this morning that the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is looking for his very own Suarez, but not the controversial one playing for Liverpool! The Express says that Arsenal scouts were at the Anderlecht v Lokomotiv Moscow match in the Europa League last night for a look at the 23 year-old Argentinian [.

Hill-Wood: Robin Van Persie will stay at Arsenal

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The Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood is more than aware that Robin Van Persie has postponed any new contract talks until next summer, but is convinced that the Dutchman is very happy at the Emirates and is sure to sign a new contract in the end. "I think Robin wants to stay, he seems very happy," [..

Podolski to Arsenal rumours gather pace

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There have been thousands of Arsenal transfer rumours saying that the Koln and Germany striker Lukas podolski could be on his way to the Gunners as cover for Robin Van Persie, well now the player himself has agreed that he would prefer to leave the Bundesliga if he leaves. He said: "Moving to another club [.

Podolski to Arsenal rumours gather pace

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There have been thousands of Arsenal transfer rumours saying that the Koln and Germany striker Lukas podolski could be on his way to the Gunners as cover for Robin Van Persie, well now the player himself has agreed that he would prefer to leave the Bundesliga if he leaves. He said: "Moving to another club [.

Walcott – We’ve had our bad spell and Arsenal are moving up the table

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The Gunners winger Theo Walcott is feeling pretty good right now (and playing pretty good football too!) and says he knew it was only a matter of time before Arsenal started winning again after their bad start to the season. He knew that Arsene Wenger's new signing would need a settling in period but the [.

Wenger – Arsenal can take advantage of poorer clubs to buy a striker

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal may take advantage of other clubs being in financial difficulties to prise their players off them, as the Gunners are in a very healthy situation economically, and he is hoping to get another striker in the transfer window. "We lose players like Chamakh and Gervinho to the Africa Cup [.

Does Van Persie need to sign a new contact to become an Arsenal legend?

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With statues of Tony Adams, Thierry Henry and Herbert Chapman erected recently in celebration for Arsenal's 125th anniversary, a lot of attention was turned to Arsenal's current flying Dutchman. Many questioned Van Persie's credentials to be an Arsenal great in years to come. Van Persie has been at the club since 2005.

Who are Arsenal’s best centre-back pairing? Vermaelen and………?

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The 26 year old Laurent Koscielny was signed by Arsenal in the summer transfer window of 2010. The centre half had a rather rocky start to his Arsenal career where he needed time to adapt to the fast paced and physical Premier League. His blunder with Szczesny in the dying minutes of the Carling Cup [.

Arsenal’s possible Champions League opponents – Who do we want to face?

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After winning the group which consisted of Marseille, Borussia Dortmund and Olympiakos, Arsenal will now be put into pot 1 in the Champions league draw. Here we would face one of the group runners up in the first knockout round of the Champions League. I shall now analyse every possible opponent we could face in [.

Szczesny – Arsenal can take three points at Man City

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You just have to love the confidence of Wojciech Szczesny, he never gives up on his own ability or the chances of Arsenal winning the Premiership title. It was a great result that Man City finally lost a game to Chelsea last night, and Szczesny believes that Arsenal can hammer another nail into the moneybags [.

Real Madrid want to swap Benzema for Van Persie?

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Hot off the press this morning is the latest Arsenal transfer rumour concerning Robin Van Persie. It has already been revealed this week that the Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is monitoring the Van Persie contract situation with a view to making an offer in the summer if the Dutchman refuses to sign a contract [.

Now Arsenal REALLY need a defender in January…..

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I am sure that Arsenal could survive by not buying another defender in January, but after today's news that Andre Santos is set to be on the treatment table for at least three months, it is time for Wenger to think seriously. I said today that Arsenal need Santos back ASAP, but now I have [...]

Arsenal need Santos back ASAP!

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On deadline day in the latest summer transfer, Arsenal agreed a fee of 6.2 million pounds to bring the first choice Brazilian left back, Andre Santos, to the club from an unwilling Fenerbache. Since then, Santos has impressed both the manager and the fans in his left full back position for the team. Supporting the [.

Van Persie – Song and the Arsenal defence were great but I was rubbish!

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Arsenal only managed to win 1-0 over Everton this weekend and it was thanks to the usual Van Persie winning goal, but the Dutchman was not happy with his own performance and thought that his finish was just lucky! He said: "It wasn't a great game in my opinion, especially from myself as too often [..

Arsenal set for Nigerian Tour next summer! (confirmed)

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Well there is a turn up for the books. I was certain that Arsenal would be doing a tour of the United States now that Silent Stan is the owner of the club, but it has been revealed today that the Gunners will be doing a tour of Africa instead! The big African sports site [...]

Arsene Wenger believes Abou Diaby’s injury problems will end (one day!)

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The French midfielder Abou Diaby has been with Arsenal for five years now, and he came with high hopes of being the "next Patrick Vieira" but things have never gone right for him since breaking his ankle just four months after his arrival. Since then he has never managed more than 20 games in any [..

Chamakh tells Arsenal – Play me or I’ll leave

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The Moroccan international striker Marouane Chamakh has finally spoken out about the Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting he will be leaving the Emirates in January, and denies there is much chance of that happening, but it will be a different story next summer. Chamakh has only started one game for the Gunners this season, and he [.

Maybe Arsenal should just bring in some loan defenders in January?

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The current injury list of Arsenal consist mainly of our full backs. Sagna, Jenkinson, Gibbs and now our newly purchased Brazilian left back Andre Santos, all are out with rather severe injuries. Out of desperation, Arsenal are now deploying their centre halves to play at the defensive half of the flanks, Vermaelen at left back [.

Does Nasri realise by now that he should have stayed at Arsenal?

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After 224 seconds into his Arsenal debut, Samir Nasri had already opened his Arsenal account with a simple tap in from a pass from Denilson. One of the best talents ever to be discovered by Arsene Wenger from France, Nasri was playing the football of his life. In his first season, he won over the [..

Arsenal need Walcott and Gervinho to start scoring to become truly great

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With 18 goals this season, 14 in the premier league alone, Robin Van Persie is arguably the best offensive footballer currently playing in Britain. His versatility can be seen in his goals where they are scored from set pieces, headers and both his magical feet. He has scored close to half of Arsenal's league goals [.

Will Keiran Gibbs ever fulfill his potential for Arsenal and England?

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The 22 year old defender Kieran Gibbs has been at Arsenal since 2004. Trained under the youth coach of Arsenal, Gibbs has been trained well and polished into one of the future talents in the footballing world. Furthermore, the left footed full back is English, which makes things even more exciting and he was hotly [.

Real Madrid to challenge Man City for Van Persie

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It is being reported today that the Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is preparing to try and tempt Arsenal's Robin Van Persie to move to La Liga rather than make a big money move to Arsenal's Premiership rivals Manchester City. The Mirror says that Mourinho is close to breaking Barcelona's stranglehold on the Spanish domestic [.

Super Robin saves Arsenal again!

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Who needs Batman when we've got Robin! The Flying Dutchman once again scores the winning goal for Arsenal, and it was a very very special one today. Arsene Wenger was of course all smiles after the game and just had to sign Robin's praises for the umpteenth time this season. He said: "You [the media] [.

Arsenal and Spurs fighting over Argentinian midfielder

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It is being reported this morning that both Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp are monitoring the contract talks between Alejandro Faurlin and his club, Queens Park Rangers. The Mirror reports that the Argentinian midfielder has demanded a wage raise to £50,000-a-week to extend his contract, which runs out in 18 months time, but QPR bosses [.

Robert Pires tips Yoann Gourcuff to join Arsenal

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Arsenal's former star Robert Pires has offered the Lyon's midfielder Yoann Gourcuff a way out of the situation he's currently in at the French giants, saying that Arsenal is the best escape route for him. According to Pires, the best way for Gourcuff to come back into the form which made him highly-coveted a few [.

Can Arsenal finish higher than third place this season?

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With 26 points after 14 tough Premier League matches in the 2011-2012 season, Arsenal are now fifth in the premier league, 12 points off the pace from league leaders Manchester City. At this stage of the season, where are Arsenal looking to finish this season. Of course, everyone that watches football feel that Arsenal should [.

Arsenal v Everton – Can the Gunners weakened defence keep a clean sheet?

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After a rather disappointing trip to Greece, Arsenal play host to Everton in the Barclays Premier League. A win will see the Gunners back in the top four and with Chelsea up against Man City on Monday, they are most likely to stay there. Arsenal are truly in a red-hot run of form at the [...]

Wilshere looking for January return, and a title challenge from Arsenal!

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Arsenal's young hotshot Jack Wilshere might be back for the Gunners sooner than expected judging by the way his recovery is going. The midfielder had to undergo ankle surgery, and was expected to return to the pitch somewhere in February, but the English International announced that he might be ready to play sooner.

Wenger – Arteta is fantastic! He is a man of action not words….

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Arsene Wenger is more than happy with his last minute signing of the transfer window Mikel Arteta, and says that he is already a key part of the new Arsenal squad. "Mikel has taken a big importance in our team very quickly," Wenger said. "Of course I knew about his talent, but he is a [...]

Arsenal rumours Dec 9th – Vertonghen, Alex, Cahill, Gotze, Neymar and Damaio

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There are a good few Arsenal transfer rumours around today and there seems to be a lot of defenders being mentioned after Sebastien Squillaci's usual useless performance at Olympiakos and the ongoing injury problems in the Arsenal back line. The £10m-rated Jan Vertonghen is many Arsenal's fans idea of a versatile acquisition for the Gunners, [.

Benayoun prepared to fight for his place in the Arsenal team

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The Arsenal midfielder Yossi Benayoun was one of the few players to come out of the game against Olympiakos with any credit, and he believes that if he makes full use of the chances that Arsene Wenger gives him then he will win a regular starting spot in the end. The Israeli international is just [..

Olympiakos defeat showed us who needs to leave Arsenal this January

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The 3-1 humbling to Olympiakos is Greece in the last group match of the Champions League was a match full of frustration for some Arsenal players. It shows that they may have to leave during the January winter transfer window in 2012 as they just don't look like they are interested in playing well for [.

Perhaps Wenger should have kept Eboue at Arsenal?

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When Sagna was out injured not too long ago, Arsenal have since been suffering in the right back position. Bacary Sagna has been an extremely important part to the Arsenal backline, his backup will also be essential as seen in recent matches where Arsenal look rather vulnerable on the right. So the question comes, should [.

Just how far can Jack Wilshere go with Arsenal?

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Whether Jack Wilshere will be a great player in future is not even a question anymore. The 19 year old is already a regular England international and the world of football is yet to see the best of him. Jack has been at Arsenal since the tender age of 9. He has been polished to [...]

Arsenal midfield duo set for loan move?

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It is being reported that Premiership side Wolverhampton Wanderers are keen on taking Arsenal youngsters Emmanuel Frimpong and Francis Coquelin to the Molineux on loan deals until the end of the season. Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed his interest in both players. "We played Arsenal in the reserves and I watched them the other [.

Thomas Vermaelen set to cover for injured Santos against Everton

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Although Arsene Wenger played a second string team in last night's 3-1 defeat at Olympiakos, Arsenal still managed to sustain an injury to one of their first-team players. Lukas Fabianski was taken off with a cut during the first half, but the only remaining left-back at Arsenal, Andre Santos, was taken off with an ankle [.

Do Arsenal fans really still miss Cesc Fabregas?

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To allow Cesc Fabregas to return to Barcelona was probably one of the toughest decisions Wenger had to make in his Arsenal managerial career. Cesc was the main conductor of the Arsenal orchestra, the skipper of the team and the inspiration of the players. Many factors had to be considered before letting Cesc leave the [.

Has Johann Djourou got a future at Arsenal?

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Standing at 1.92 m tall and a good aerial ability, Johan Djourou's evident talent was spotted by Arsene Wenger and thus Arsene brought him to Arsenal's youth team in the summer of 2003. Gradually, Djourou was given chances slowly by Wenger as he featured in Carling cup matches and finally made his full premier league [.

Wenger – Rosicky’s going nowhere!

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The Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed rumours linking the Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Rosicky with a move away from the Emirates. "Rosicky is at Arsenal and he remains at Arsenal," he told the club's official website. The 31-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg this summer and recent reports suggest [.

Should Wenger promote Mannone to second-choice keeper?

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With Szczesny already securing a firm hold on the number one spot of Arsenal, and Fabianski not happy as the second choice keeper, will the young Italian Mannone now get his chance to shine at Arsenal? Signed from Atlanta in 2005, Vito Mannone has a lot of potential to be a great shot stopper in [...

Arsenal’s priority in January MUST be a new left-back

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In the years gone by, the left-back position at Arsenal was one of least bother. But after the departure of Gael Clichy to Man City, the left side of defence has become something of a weak link for the Gunners. Andre Santos is our only fit left-back at the moment. While the Brazilian's attacking instincts [.

Arsenal rumours Dec 6th – Reus, Hazard, Pato, Kalou and Miyaichi

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Just three weeks to go until the winter transfer window opens, and the press is full of Arsenal transfer news today as it probably will be every day from now on! Arsene Wenger has said that he is not looking for a new striker but most fans think that that is his usual smokescreen.... So [...]

Arsenal certain to field a strong team against Leeds Utd in the FA Cup

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When the FA Cup draw was made, people obviously picked out Manchester United vs. Manchester City as the biggest match with Arsenal vs. Leeds United as the other big match. While it is fair to say that there is no real "rivalry" between Arsenal and Leeds geographically or in competing for trophies, there is no [.

Oxlade-Chamberlain MUST NOT go to the Euros with England

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The 18 year old prodigy Alex Oxlade Chamberlain (AOC) has only just joined Arsenal in the summer of 2011. Coming from Southampton, the talent of AOC was spotted by many big clubs. Finally, AOC joined Arsenal on a fee of about 12 million pounds excluding add-ons. This prospect made a huge majority of the Arsenal [.

Arsenal offered Serbian international in swap for Walcott?

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Reports are coming in that the Italian giants Juventus are still intending to make a big bid to sign Theo Walcott, and are prepared to offer the Serbian International Milos Krasic as part exchange on the deal. Walcott is currently in the same position as Robin Van Persie with just 18 months left on his [.

Proof at last that Arsenal are NOT a one-man team – Shut it Hansen!

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When Arsenal brought Chelsea down 5-3 at Stamford Bridge, it was with a rather maniacal chuckle that Alan Hansen talked about van Persie. The same man who spoke of Walcott's lack of a "footballing brain" was finally going to get on Arsenal's back. "Arsenal almost looking like a one-man team!" he commented rather casually.

Arsenal’s away form is a warning to Man City…

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It is fair to say that most Arsenal fans would have settled for a scrappy 3-2 win and three points in any given away match at the start of the season. They would for good reason too – Arsenal were notorious for failing to grab points away from home since the start of the calendar [...]

Arsenal are more likely to buy Gotze than Hazard in January

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The back pages of the newspapers write about it, every football website worth its salt writes about it and every Arsenal fan knows about it. Arsene Wenger is looking at the two players who can make the difference with this Arsenal side – Mario Gotze and Eden Hazard. Some Arsenal fans think that both of [.

Wenger mustn’t ignore the need for new signings in January

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Despite all the talk about the potential effect of the loss of van Persie or other players like Song and Walcott to injury (to Arsenal's ambitions), Arsene Wenger has still ruled out signing players to back up the key men in the January transfer window. "At the moment, I do nothing in January," he said.

Wenger – Chamakh has lost confidence, but Arsenal have other striker options

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Arsene Wenger has finally admitted that Marouane Chamakh has got a confidence crisis which is affecting his play, but maintains that Arsenal have enough striking options as cover for Robin Van Persie if he needs to rotate the team. Surprisingly Wenger named the youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as one of the options, as well as the [.

Wenger – Wigan won’t be easy, but we’re fighting for the title!

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Arsene Wenger still thinks that Arsenal are way behind Man City in the title race right now, but there is still a long season ahead and the Gunners simply have to keep winning to put themselves back in the title race. Wigan may be bottom of the League, but Wenger knows that Arsenal have not [...]

Watch out Chelsea, Arsenal are coming to get you next!

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Arsenal had a fantastic 4-0 win at Wigan yesterday (where we have dropped crucial points in the last two seasons) and thanks to Chelsea's win at St. James Park, Arsenal have leapfrogged Newcastle into fifth place in the League. Chelsea are now two points ahead of the Gunners in the coveted fouth spot with Tottenham [.

Now the Arsenal youngsters can again impress us against Olympiacos

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Although Arsenal's senior team performed brilliantly against Wigan yesterday, Arsene Wenger will field the youngsters for all to see once again on Tuesday night. The second string of players combined with youngsters will play against Olympiacos in the last group stage match in the Champions League. With Arsenal already topping the group, the match is [.

Should Arsenal have kept Nicklas Bendtner in hindsight?

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It was not too long ago, in the 2007/2008 where Nicklas Bendtner netted his first goal for Arsenal in a 7-0 rout of Slavia Prague in the Champions league, then he had a loan spell at Birmingham before officially being part of Arsenal's first team. Since Bendtner was in the first team, he has had [...

Arsenal need a playmaker as backup for Ramsey in January

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Aaron Ramsey has been a prominent figure for Arsenal this season. With a staggering 12 appearances already in the Premier League (out of 13 matches), he has proven to be the key creative force in midfield. Providing a good haul of 1 goal and 4 assists so far in the league, his incisive passes and [..

Van Persie is more important to Arsenal now than Fabregas was last year

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When Cesc Fabregas betrayed Arsenal to return to his boyhood club, many thought it would spell trouble for the Gunners as they had lost their inspirational skipper. Then, Van Persie stepped up. Goals, assists, flair and leadership were provided by the Dutchman. More importantly, Van Persie gave Arsenal his heart and loyalty.

Wenger – Van Persie is not our only goalscorer (I hope!)

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Arsene Wenger is adamant that the other Arsenal strikers will end up scoring goals, whether Robin Van Persie carries on his phenomenal form or not, although at the moment it seems that the Dutchman is the only one that is winning games for the Gunners this season. "At the moment I can't deny that we [.

Wenger targets Brazilian striker for Champions League assault

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The new left-back Andre Santos might not be Arsenal's only Brazilian footballer for much longer, as it is being reported that Arsene Wenger is trying to find a new striker he can bring to the team this January. The Mirror states that he has eyed Tottenham's summer transfer target Leandro Damiao, who is currently at [.

Wenger targets Brazilian striker for Champions League assault

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The new left-back Andre Santos might not be Arsenal's only Brazilian footballer for much longer, as it is being reported that Arsene Wenger is trying to find a new striker he can bring to the team this January. The Mirror states that he has eyed Tottenham's summer transfer target Leandro Damiao, who is currently at [.

The game against Man City proves that Wenger’s youth policy is still working

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The game in the Carling Cup against Manchester City was one of the better ones I have seen for some time from the "second-string", or more precisely the young starlets. Ignasi Miquel looked the most assured of the defenders (bar the first five minutes), Oxlade-Chamberlain had a great game down his side, Frimpong held the [.

Was Mertesacker the right choice for Arsenal in the transfer window?

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When Per Mertesacker arrived at Arsenal towards the end of the summer transfer window, he was thought to be the ultimate solution for Arsenal's endless defensive issues. Standing at 1.98m and possessing a great leaping ability, he can deal with the aerial threat of physical Premier League teams, which has been a constant problem in [.

Should Arsenal buy Eden Hazard or Mario Gotze?

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There have been many talks about the potential signing of Eden Hazard from Lille or Mario Gotze from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal recently, especially after the Gunners lost Nasri and Fabregas in the recent summer. A creative spark from midfield is extremely essential if Arsenal are to push for any sort of major honours in [.

Has Arsenal already done a deal for this young Chile star?

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The Gunners have been linked with the young Universitario De Deportes striker Andy Polo for some time, with reports saying that the 16 year-old was set to join Arsenal in the New Year. Well now the 17 year-old has now confirmed that he will moving to a European team shortly. He said: "I am very [...]

Agent confirms that Arsenal are in talks for South American star

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It is being reported that Fiorentina are ready to cash in on Arsenal and Liverpool target Juan Manuel Vargas in the January transfer window. The 28-year-old is a versatile player who can play at left back, on the wing, or in the midfield in both offensive and defensive positions. He is an excellent dribbler of [.